The Olympics are no different from any big undertaking: You tend to assess the success of the operation relative to your view of it.
For an Olympian, if that view includes looking down from the medal podium while being glorified with your country's national anthem, then chances are, yeah, seems like a pretty good Games. If not, particularly if you're the dreaded fourth place finisher, the color of the Games can take on a much different cast.
These truths are evident for journalists covering the Games as well. If transportation to events runs on time, if your computer is working, if your stories get good play at home, then, yeah, seems like a pretty good Games. And here's what we've produced so far.
As an editor, managing all of that is a matter of logistics. The challenge for
Back in London, the numbers break down like this: 13 from the Los Angeles Times, including their London-based foreign correspondent
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For the 16 days of the Games, we're one big happy family, playing side-by-side in London's Olympic sandbox. We've done it this way for so long, nobody much remembers when we didn't. We think it works well.
And each day, we hope the view from our readers is that, yeah, seems like the Tribune is having a pretty good Games.